Jul 25, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (1994) A Big Week For Rico Brogna

Monday July 25th 1994: Dallas Green's fourth place Mets, went to St. Louis to take on Joe Torre's fourth place Cardinals, both teams with an identical 46-52 record.

The Mets Bret Saberhagen had a big night, going the distance on a one run, seven hitter striking out five Cardinals. The Mets offense came through with seven runs, led by Rico Brogna's big five hit night. 

 Brogna got a late start to the season, as injuries kept him out until mid June. At this point of the season, he went on a hot streak starting a 15 game hit streak where he would gather 25 hits, raising his average to .372. Brogna would single in the second & fourth innings on this night.

In the Mets five run 5th inning, he doubled scoring Jeromy Burnitz & Jeff Kent. In the 6th he singled again, but Burnitz was thrown out at home and he got no RBI. Brogna finished up his night with his second double in the 9th inning. 

Tuesday July 26th 1994: It turned out to be a wild 10-9 Mets win in a game where the Mets used 19 players, including 8 pitchers. The Card took an early 1-0 lead but Ryan Thompson's two run HR put the Mets back on top.

In the Mets 3rd, Fernando Vina was hit by apitch & singles by Todd Hundley, Bobby Bonilla & Jeromy Burnitz gave the Mets a 4-1 lead. In the 5th Todd Hundley homered & Jeff Kent hit an RBI double giving the Mets a 6-2 lead. 

The Cards came back when Todd Zeile, hit a three run HR off Juan Castillo making it a 6-5 game. In the 7th, Vina doubled & Bonilla walked. Burnitz singled but Vina was thrown out at home plate by Mark Whiten. Jeff Kent was walked intentionally to get to Rico Brogna. Brogna came through with a single in the hole between third & short bringing in Bonilla & Burnitz. 

The Mets now had an 8-5 lead. With two on in the home 7th, former Met Greg Jeffries singled to centerfield off Mike Remlinger making it 8-6. In the bottom of the 8th, Mets pitcher Josias Manzanillo gave up a triple to Geronimo Pena. He was relieved by Mauro Gozzo who allowed a sac fly to Tom Pagnozzi & a solo HR to Luis Alicea tying up the game. 

The game went into extra innings, the Mets Mike Maddux shut down the Cards in the 10th inning & Gary Buckels came on to pitch for St. Louis. With one out, Jeff Kent hit a ground rule double over the centerfield wall. The hot hitting Rico Brogna came up & hit a two run HR giving the Mets the lead 10-8. In the bottom of the 10th John Franco gave up a run but struck out Pagnozzi to end the game giving New York a 10-9 exciting win. 

On August 3rd 1994: at Shea Stadium, Brogna would help the Mets in another exciting win. The Mets now in third place (52-54) hosted the second place Atlanta Braves.

The Mets Bobby Jones had allowed a HR to Fred McGriff & another run on a throwing error during a sac bunt allowing the second run to score. The Braves Steve Avery, had allowed just one run earlier when Bobby Jones scored on a Kelly Stinnett ground out. 

The Braves took a 2-1 lead into the 9th inning, with Greg McMichael on to close it out.

But the Mets came back, as Jeff Kent walked & David Segui singled to right field. Brogna tied up the game with a single up the middle off McMichael. Jose Vizcaino won it with a walk off base hit off Mark Wohlers. 

The Mets went on one of their best streaks of the year at this point winning eight of ten games. The baseball strike would end the season in July, with the Mets finishing third just under .500 at 55-58. No post season was played that year. In just 39 games that year, Rico Brogna batted .351 with 7 HRs 11 doubles 20 RBIs & a .380 on base %.

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